Mazda Announces Major Engine Changes for the Future

In the last year, Mazda has completely revolutionized our expectations for fuel-efficient technology. They started from scratch. They rebuilt their engines, their transmissions, and even the chassis of some of their most popular vehicles. The result? A new Mazda3 that gets 27 mpg in the city and 40 mpg on the highway. And it is not a hybrid.

Furthermore, rumors in late 2011 had us thinking Mazda had plans to kill their famous rotary engines. But in a recent interview with Car and Driver, Robert Davis, Senior VP of US Operations, discounted these rumors. Instead, he said the rotary is here to stay. Meanwhile, Mazda will be getting rid of their V6 engines currently powering the Mazda6 and Mazda CX-9. The four-cylinder SkyActiv power plants that will replace the six-cylinders will be extremely efficient while providing the kind of 'zoom-zoom' Mazda is known for via turbochargers.

This is all part of the automaker's plan to continue to increase fuel-efficiency and decrease the carbon footprint of the entire lineup. On top of which, the company has plans to apply their SkyActiv efficiency model to rotary engines. This means reducing chassis and engine weight, reducing friction between moving parts, and updating transmissions to boost efficiency. They would then use the units in the next generation of Mazda sports cars and as range-extenders in other vehicles.

Don't think you can wait for the next-gen CX-9 or Mazda6 to experience the efficiency of SkyActiv tech? You don't have to! The new SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine is now available in the 2012 Mazda3 and CX-5 crossover. This is the very same engine that made AutoWeek say, "Mazda tweaked the heck out of internal-combustion processes that have been in place for more than 100 years, coming up with solutions that make you wonder why no one else has done this stuff."1

The bottom line here is: you have to experience it to understand it. And before long, there will be more new Mazda models at Twin City Mazda in which to experience it. It's as easy as stopping by our showroom at 3076 Airport Highway, Alcoa, TN, where a member of our team is always happy to answer any of your questions and arrange test drives of any of the  models that catch your eye.


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